MELBOURNE, Australia – The draw for the Australian Open was postponed “until further notice” on Thursday, four days before the main draw of the year’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament is set to begin.
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There was speculation that the delay reflected some uncertainty among government officials over the status of Novak Djokovic, the defending men’s champion and nine-time winner in the event.
The draw to determine the men’s and women’s singles classes was scheduled to be held in Melbourne at 3 p.m. local time, the Associated Press reported, but a tournament official told reporters that the ceremony was postponed until further notice. was and declined further comment.
Djokovic has said that he intends to participate in this year’s event as he aims for his 21st Grand Slam title. He was released from house arrest on Monday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The world number 1 male player arrived in Melbourne on 5 January but was detained for more than eight hours before his visa was revoked.
A Federal Circuit Court judge later reversed the cancellation. According to the Associated Press, Djokovic won the reversal on procedural grounds that allowed him to remain in Australia.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is considering whether to allow Djokovic to play after a judge reinstated the player’s visa, according to the AP.
Earlier, Djokovic admitted that his Australian travel manifesto contained incorrect information. The AP reported that the Serbian star has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 on grounds of public interest.
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